Zimmer and Balfe Unveil Next ‘Musical Genius’

Zimmer and Balfe Unveil Next ‘Musical Genius’

Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe have found a new way to showcase their musical genius, by selecting the winners of the “Show Us Your Musical Genius” challenge. The contest, presented by NatGeo, Fox 21, Milan Records and hosted by indi.com, had participatants submit their own interpretations of Zimmer and Balfe’s Emmy-nominated main title theme for the […]

MTV VMAs Ratings Down

MTV VMAs Ratings Down

The 34th annual MTV Video Music Awards took a 16 percent dip among viewers 18-34 demo, scoring a 4.46 rating and about 6 million viewers on Sunday. That’s a smaller  decline than the 34 percent nosedive of 2016, when 6.5 million 18-34 viewers tuned in, for an overall 5.33 rating. Last year, network parent Viacom touted […]

He’s No. 1: ‘Hitman’ Composer Örvarsson Taps Blues

He’s No. 1: ‘Hitman’ Composer Örvarsson Taps Blues

Icelandic film composer Atli Örvarsson and Australian director Patrick Hughes are an unlikely team to tackle U.S. roots music, but they pull it off, with a blues-themed score for The Hitman’s Bodyguard that combines gospel choirs, a Hammond organ and a wailing electric guitar. “It’s an exploration of jazz and blues and those genres in the context […]

Coker Launches ‘ARK’ in London

Coker Launches ‘ARK’ in London

The open-world dinosaur survival-adventure game ARK: Survival Evolved comes to market sporting a epic orchestral score by Gareth Coker (Minecraft, Ori and the Blind Forest). The soundtrack will be released by game specialty label Sumthing Else Music Works in conjunction with Studio Wildcard on Aug. 29 via digital and streaming outlets worldwide. “Gareth’s mind-blowing sense of melody and uncanny expertise […]

World Soundtrack Awards in Tune with Emmys

World Soundtrack Awards in Tune with Emmys

The first first wave of the 2017 World Soundtrack Award Nominees includes four of this year’s Emmy nominated composers in the Best TV Composer of the Year category. Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of Stranger Things, Westworld’s Ramin Djawadi, The Crown’s Rupert Gregson-Williams and Feud’s Mac Quayle made the list. Better Call Saul’s Dave Porter also received a […]

Spotify Secures Warner Deal

Spotify Secures Warner Deal

Spotify has closed a deal with its last major label holdout — Warner Music Group. Media reports emphasized the fact that Spotify would use its full house to power a listing on the New York Stock Exchange. Universal signed in April and Sony was reported to have signed last month. “It’s taken us a while […]

LOTR Online Score Unleashed

LOTR Online Score Unleashed

The Lord of the Rings Online game commemorates its 10th anniversary with a HUGEsound Records commemorative soundtrack release, featuring the original music of Chance Thomas. Thomas, whose game scores include James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game, packed 26-songs into the double-album release, drawing from his Lord of the Rings work over the past two decades.  “Seeing […]

The Hitman Crooneth

The Hitman Crooneth

Samuel L. Jackson finds his groove in a new commercial from Capital One and as a singer-songwriter with The Hitman’s Bodyguard, the new film produced by Millennium and released by Lionsgate. Jackson croons “Let’s Stay Together” for his banking ad, and in the Bodyguard action buddy pic performs his original composition “Nobody Gets Out Alive,” which earned him an ASCAP […]